Anthony "Tunying" Taberna grilled international beauty queen Venus Raj regarding her controversial breakup with former boyfriend Andrei Felix.
Joining showbiz opened a lot of doors for Venus after she was crowned Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up in 2010. She landed hosting jobs in ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang kay Ganda and ASAP, acting stints on television plus numerous commercial endorsements.
In the July 25 episode of Tapatan ni Tunying, the beauty queen openly showed her condo unit, which is a result of her earnings in show business. She revealed that just like most ordinary people, she cooks and does her own laundry.
“Did you use Glutathione?” was Ka Tunying’s first question to Venus.
“Hindi po," said the morena beauty. "Kumportable po ako sa kulay ko.” She added that she has never undergone any cosmetic surgery. “Yung mga facial, facial. Kung sa major operation para sa pampapaayos ng katawan, hindi po. Proud ako na sabihing wala.”
Is Venus pregnant?
“Hindi po, Ka Tunying. Natawa na talaga ako na walang kaalam-alam na pinagpipiyestahan ng mga tao yung litrato na yon at pinag-uusapan.”
The controversial picture being circulated showed Venus with a noticeable bump during Shamcey Supsup’s engagement party last June 16, 2013.
Venus ended her one-year romance with TV host Andrei Felix in May 2013 after their slot in the morning show was reformatted. Her hosting stint in ASAP ended as well.
Did she cry over the fact that you were booted out of the shows?
"Totoong iniyakan ko 'yon. Etong mga material na bagay na 'to ay basehan ng mga buhay natin.”
Venus candidly admitted that there are peaks and lows in showbiz. These days, she has “just enough” financially speaking. “Tama lang sa pang araw-araw na pangangailangan. Tama lang kung may emergency o magkasakit sa pamilya, tamang-tama lang para sa ikabubuhay namin.
“May peak pala ang bawat career. Nagpapasalamat ako dun kahit papaano at nakaabot nung mga nakaraang taon, nakapundar ng bahay o lupa at nailagay ko sa tama.”
Did the show's reformat contribute to the reason why Venus and Andrei split up?
Venus explained, “Hindi po 'yon dahil sa trabaho kung bakit nawala kayo. Mas malalim yung pinagagalingan nun. Mas personal ang pinangagalingan nun.”
Did Andrei help shape her personality?
Venus paused for a moment before replying, “May mga aspeto. Pero sa ibang aspeto lang. Siguro sa pakikitungo sa tao. Yung ugali niya na bubbly, masayahing tao, nakatulong yon. Sana pala iyong unang panahon na iniisip kong kung papasukin ko ang relasyon itong o hindi, sana pala, nakinig ako sa kanila. Sana pala hindi na umabot sa ganito…”
She revealed that she had regrets regarding her past relationship with Andrei. “Marami kasing taong nasaktan. Maraming taong nadamay, especially yung pamilya ko. Umabot kami sa point na, nag-away away kaming magkakapatid…pinagpapapili ako ng mga kapatid ko. Di kami nag-usap ng mga kapatid ko for a few months. Na-miss ko ang pamilya ko dun.”
She added that she initiated the split. “Nag-usap kami. Oras na maghiwalay tayo. Sana may natutunan ka…sa mga pinagdaanan natin…at gamitin mo yon sa mga susunod mong relasyon hindi na maulit yung nangyari sa atin.”
Ka Tunying and his team tried to reach Andrei’s camp but they did not release any statement.
From Manila, Ka Tunying went to Camarines Sur to talk with the beauty queen’s family.
He was able to speak with Venus’ mother, Esther Bayonito who praised her daughter for being a big help to the family. “Ipinundar niya 'tong bahay na 'to. Yung mga kapatid, tinulungan rin niya.”
When asked about her daughter's future lifetime partner, the mother said, “Kahit hindi kagwapuhan, kahit hindi mayaman dahil ang lalaking magiging asawa mo, ay kahalili mo sa pagmamahal mo."
When does Venus plan to get married?
“Pagdumating na po yung tamang lalaki para sa akin. Kahit bata ka pa o matanda na, alam mo yung tamang tao para sa 'yo, lifetime mo makakasama 'yan,” was her reply.
Since she isn’t so busy with showbiz commitments, Venus is currently taking up her Masters in Community Development at the University of the Philippines and lends a hand to the group called “Care For Children.”
Venus has hopes of seeing her Indian father, whom she has not yet met. She admitted, “Lahat ng anak na hindi pa nakikilala pa ang kanilang ama ay ultimate dream mo, makita man lang… makita ng personal.”
Venus Raj says she did not speak to her siblings for months because of ex-boyfriend Andrei Felix
by Lyn Luna Montealegre posted on July 30, 2013